Lingerie – Did You Know?
The word lingerie come from the French word ‘linge’ and means linen. It is believed that it was first used in the English language in reference to ‘scandalous undergarments’. An interesting fact is that in French, lingerie is used for both male and female undergarments, whilst in English it is used for only female undergarments and nightwear.
Lingerie is believed to have been developed in the late nineteenth century and Lady Duff-Gordon of Lucile, who was a leading British fashion designer, sought to develop lingerie that liberated women from the very restrictive corset wear. Early underwear was generally worn to alter the shape of woman wearing it (i.e. corsets, girdles or brassieres), for good hygiene reasons and to protect a lady’s modesty.